Libyan Commander Haftar orders forces to advance on Tripoli in ‘final battle’
Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar urged his forces to advance towards the centre of Tripoli on Thursday in what he said would be the “final battle” for the capital.
“Today we announce the decisive battle and the advancement towards the heart of the capital to set it free ...advance now our heroes,” Haftar said in a speech broadcast on Al Arabiya TV.
His forces have often issued announcements of advances or decisive military action that have been followed by little concrete change on the battlefield.
Haftar is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and most recently Russian mercenaries, according to diplomats and Tripoli officials. The LNA denies it has foreign backing.
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